ROCHESTER, New York - Noted East Coast attorney Myron Leftowitz, who represents the late Rod Serling's estate, is suing the producers of The Twilight Saga.
Leftowitz is claiming name infringement in regards to the word 'Twilight.' He stated that Rod Serling actually coined the word back on April 26, 1959.
Serling used it in the title of his American anthology television series The Twilight Zone.
He would later write in one of his books The Truth About The Zone That I Call The Twilight, that he first got the idea for the name Twilight Zone while sitting in a Syracuse synagogue with a #2 yellow pencil and a yellow legal pad.
Serling said that the top executives at CBS originally wanted the show to be called The Plots, Twists, And Closure Zone. But he told them that the title was much too long to fit in the tiny show name space of the newspaper TV logs of the late 50s and early 60s.
He got his way when he informed them that if they insisted on using their name instead of his that he would simply pick up his football, so to speak, and walk on over to the Peacock Network (NBC) and present the show to them.
Serling said that he was a neighbor of two of the stars of the NBC western series Bonanza, Lorne Green and Dan Blocker and both men went to bat for him.
SIDENOTE: Rod would later show his appreciation to Green and Blocker by naming one of his Twilight Zone episodes, Yippee Ki Yay, It's Pa and Hoss.